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The Best Movie Sequels Ever Made

Updated March 2, 2020 116.3k votes 8.5k voters 127.2k views154 items

List RulesOnly second / 2 / Part II movies in series

What are the best movie sequels ever made? This list includes several of the greatest movies of all time, and they all have one thing in common: they were film number two in a series. Which sequel do you believe deserves the top spot? Which movie is arguably the best in the franchise? Vote for your favorites, vote down any sequels you didn't like and feel free to add any films that might be missing - though remember, this is a list of second films, so no "Part III's" please. You can also re-rank this movie list in any order you choose.

It's really, really hard to argue that The Godfather Part II shouldn't be at the top, or at the very least, near the top of this list. It's one of only a handful of sequels to receive an Academy Award Best Picture nomination (it won, in 1974, by the way). The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers also received a Best Picture nomination, though it did not win (the third installment in the series, did). This is proof that just because a film is a sequel, it can also be among the very best Oscar-winning movies.

Some of the best sequels, not surprisingly, are also among the best superhero movies ever made. Among them: The Dark KnightSpider-Man 2 and X2. Other notable movies worth a mention (and a spot on this list) include Superman IIIron Man 2, and Hellboy 2: The Golden Army. Disagree? Vote them down. To each, his (or her) own!

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    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2008

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day3
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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong

    Released1991

    Directed byJames Cameron

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  • The Godfather Part II4
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    Al Pacino, Robert De Niro

    Released1974

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

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  • Aliens5
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    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton

    Released1986

    Directed byJames Cameron

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  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier6
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    Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders

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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers7
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    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen

    Released2002

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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    Kirstie Alley, William Shatner

    Released1982

    Directed byNicholas Meyer

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  • Toy Story 29
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    Toy Story 2

    Tom Hanks, Kelsey Grammer

    Released1999

    Directed byJohn Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Ash Brannon

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  • X-Men: Days of Future Past10
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    Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry

    Released2014

    Directed byBryan Singer

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  • Spider-Man 211
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    Spider-Man 2

    Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst

    Released2004

    Directed bySam Raimi

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  • Rocky II12
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    Rocky II

    Sylvester Stallone, Burgess Meredith

    Released1979

    Directed bySylvester Stallone

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  • Shrek 213
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    Shrek 2

    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy

    Released2004

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  • Lethal Weapon 214
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    Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci

    Released1989

    Directed byRichard Donner

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  • Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior15
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    Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence

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  • Back to the Future Part II16
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    Clint Eastwood, Michael J. Fox

    Released1989

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • X-Men 217
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    Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman

    Released2003

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    Matt Damon, Julia Stiles

    Released2004

    Directed byPaul Greengrass

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    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe

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  • Superman II20
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    Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

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    Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana

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    Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu

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    James Franco, Gary Oldman

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  • Batman Returns25
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    Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken

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